Art and Museums

Denton literally trades on its creative community. City leaders highlight the city’s performing and visual artists and have built a tourism brand that rests on professional and student art.

And when you come to Denton, you have your pick of places to see fine art:

A Creative Art Studio

227 W. Oak St., Denton


Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

This downtown commercial gallery sells fine art and gifts, and is also a working studio that offers workshops and classes in oil and acrylic painting, stained glass, jewelry, mosaics, watercolor, drawing, writing workshops and more. The gallery also organizes art parties for adults and children.

Denton County Historical Park

317 W. Mulberry St.

Summer hours (April-October): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Winter hours (November-March): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Closed on Sunday and most major holiday weekends.

Denton County’s Historical Park includes the Bayless-Selby House Museum and the Quakertown House (home of the Denton County African American Museum) as well as a welcome center that’s also a historic structure. Future plans for the park include the renovation of the Taylor Log Cabin and the Woods House, a second Quakertown house. The park regularly hosts community events such as the Farmers’ Market, the Denton Community Market, live music, storytelling and more. Admission is free. Handicapped accessible and guided tours available upon request.

Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

110 W. Hickory St.

Hours: The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum remains closed until further notice to address smoke damage sustained during a Dec. 26 fire at the nearby Downtown Mini Mall.

Built in 1896, the courthouse is one of Denton County’s most celebrated and iconic artifacts. It is the centerpiece of the downtown Square. The building was restored in 2004 using the original blueprints of architect W.C. Dodson. It is constructed of limestone from Denton, pink granite from the Austin area, red sandstone from the Pecos region and tan sandstone from Mineral Wells.

Today the courthouse is home to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum as well as John B. Denton’s grave. Lectures, exhibits and community organized events are scheduled throughout the year, keeping this local gem an active site for experiencing the past. Admission is free. Handicapped accessible.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

400 E. Hickory St.


Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Operated by the nonprofit Greater Denton Arts Council, the arts center houses a large public exhibition space, the Meadows Gallery, and a smaller space, the Gogh Gallery. But the arts council has made enormous use of the large banquet space in the middle of the center, Festival Hall. The soaring walls are a rotating exhibition space, a new commission work was added to the vestigial steam plant pipes in Festival Hall, and fiber and sculpture works are suspended from the ceiling and over the entrance to the space.

Most of the exhibitions are free, and the arts center is also a bustling home to programs for families, emerging artists, hobbyists and the like.

UNT on the Square

109 N. Elm St.


Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

This small space on the downtown Square is not just the headquarters for the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, it’s a flexible space for art exhibits, lectures, screenings and concerts.

The space shows faculty work, touring exhibits and original shows curated by the gallery’s staff. Admission is usually free.

University of North Texas Art Gallery

College of Visual Arts & Design

1201 W. Mulberry St., Room 160


UNT’s chief gallery is closed due to construction on the new art building. The space features faculty, student and guest art in all media, including digital media. Look for the gallery to open in the spring of 2019.

UNT Cora Stafford Gallery

College of Visual Arts & Design

Oak Street Hall, Room 146


Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

This longtime gallery is a bi-level space that features exhibits by UNT seniors in the painting, drawing and photography programs. Faculty-led projects show in this space as well, and students working on experimental and collaborative projects show in the space, too. Admission to exhibits is free.

UNT Lightwell Gallery

College of Visual Arts & Design

1201 W. Mulberry St., Room 160


The gallery is closed due to construction on the art building, scheduled to open in spring 2019. This space on the first floor of the UNT Art Building is student-run. Students have weekly, rotating shows and often host impromptu and formal performances, critiques and discussions. The space is named for the open architectural feature that traverses all three floors of the building, culminating at three large skylights.

UNT ArtSpace Dallas

University Center Building

1901 Main St. in Dallas


Launched in 2007 as Fashion on Main in Dallas, the space now focuses on the work by UNT faculty, alumni and students, while also carrying on the site’s legacy as Fashion on Main through selected exhibitions of the UNT Texas Fashion Collection. UNT ArtSpace Dallas is the space for projects initiated by CVAD students, alumni and faculty, as well as UNT centers, institutes and collections. The space is a connection between UNT and the region’s arts and civic communities.

UNT Rare Book Room

UNT Willis Library, fourth floor


The Archives and Rare Books department collects and preserves rare and unique materials including rare books, oral histories, university archives, historical manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, art and artifacts. Students, faculty and the public are welcome to access collections and view special exhibits in the Fourth Floor Reading Room.

Texas Woman’s University East & West Galleries

Oakland Street at Pioneer Circle

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday


The East and West Galleries at Texas Woman’s University are dedicated to contemporary art as a tool and catalyst for education. Exhibitions and programming examine the cultural and social contexts, challenge perceptions of art making, and provide a framework for creative inquiry.

The gallery hosts established and emerging contemporary artists, designers, critics and curators of national and international stature on- and off-campus.

The two 1,700-square-foot galleries complement the east and west wings of the Visual Arts Building.

010 Student Gallery at the TWU Student Union

420 Administration Drive


Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The 010 Student Gallery showcases the original work of TWU Department of Visual Arts students. Each semester, a selection of students from different concentrations are chosen to be featured in their own two-week exhibition at the TWU Student Union.

Bethlehem in Denton County

990 Milam Road East in Sanger

By appointment


Judy Klein has collected and displays more than 3,000 nativity scenes representing more than 50 countries and cultures. The scene vary in size from 6-foot banners to a half-inch stable.

Kamme Art Gallery

304 Bolivar St., Sanger

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday


This commercial gallery opened in 2015. Owner Charles Mekailek shows emerging Texas artists in all media in the space.

Sanger Area Historical Society

511 N. Fifth St., Sanger

Hours: open Saturday


This nonprofit museum tells the story of Sanger.

Farmers & Merchants Gallery

100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday


The downtown Pilot Point commercial gallery is housed in the historic Farmers & Merchants Bank. The gallery exhibits early and contemporary Texas art, pottery and antiques.

Krum Heritage Museum

150 W. McCart St., Krum

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment

Historic photos of Krum and its families, old maps and cattle brands, the school room and business room, and the Military Wall of Honor.